Karen A. Cox
19 July 2012
Nicki Minaj’s Influence on Your Children
Onika Tanya Maraj was born on December 8, 1982; she now goes by her stage name Nicki Minaj. Minaj has been noted by the media for her curvaceous figure. She also had plastic surgery on her butt as well as implants in her breasts. In an interview with Vibe, Minaj discussed her sexual image stating, "When I grew up I saw females doing certain things, and I thought I had to do that exactly. The female rappers of my day spoke about sex a lot and I thought that to have the success they got; I would have to represent the same thing. Minaj was named the 2011 Rising Star by Billboard. Brent Staples of The New York Times suggests that some consider her, "The most influential female rapper of all time." Nicki’s music plays on all the hottest stations and many channels on your television at home. Young people are listening to her music right now.
We are a product of our parents in what we eat, drink, see, and hear. If you are allowing your children to hear this music then you are telling them it is okay to repeat the things Nicki says and does. When teens hear music that inspires them they often look up to the person rapping or singinig. Nicki sings about drugs, alcohol, profanity, and sex. Do you want your 13 year old daughter rapping “I'm the baddest bitch, the mistress, I'm the baddest bitch, trick please, I'm the baddest bitch.” This is one of many songs where Nicki states she’s bad and no one can be as bad as her. Nicki Minaj is actually rapping to what we call the twinkle little star beat. Even though she is an adult her "Cartoon Characters" are "Children's Characters". She has multiple personalities that she uses to express her feelings in her songs.
Her music videos have females “twerking,” popping their butts up and down on the laps of men. Cox 2
She is not a role model for our youth. Not only is her music negative to children...